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Pennsylvania Judge Halts Voter ID Requirement

Good news for those fighting voter disenfranchisement, the AP reports:

PennsylvaniaCommonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson said in his ruling that he was concerned by the state's stumbling efforts to create a photo ID that is easily accessible to voters and that he could not rely on the assurances of government officials at this late date that every voter would be able to get a valid ID.

If it stands, it is good news for Obama's chances in Pennsylvania, one of the nation's biggest electoral college prizes, unless Republicans and the tea party groups that backed the law find a way to use it to motivate their supporters and possibly independents.

Simpson's ruling could be appealed to the state Supreme Court, although state officials weren't ready to say Tuesday whether they would appeal.

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  1. Republicans discovered that calling something a poll tax is deeply unpopular, so they renamed it "Voter ID laws" and repackaged it in a way they thought could skirt laws banning poll taxes. Thankfully, the courts appear to be less obtuse and/or bought and paid for than the GOP first suspected -- and the public is starting to catch on, too.

    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 2, 2012 9:59:34 PM


  2. ratbastard, nothing wrong with national ID's, provided of course you don't have any fears of Orwellian scenarios, however what is wrong, terribly wrong is to try and implement it 6 weeks before an elecyion effectively disenfranchising almost 1 million law abiding citizens who have a constitutional right to vote; and for appointed state officials to publicly declare that this will then swing the election to one candidate over another is a shocking abuse of power.
    If they wan to implement it now for the 2016 election okay, but not for 6 weeks from now.
    If disenfranchising poor, bus riding waitresses, hospital orderlies, factory and clerical workers etc. is the only way your boy Mitt can win and you are in favor of it then you and he are assholes.

    Posted by: NwYrkr | Oct 2, 2012 10:13:56 PM


  3. This republican attempt to suppress the democratic vote in Pa has failed for the time being. There was no need for the voter photo I.D. other than to try to get Pa Electoral votes for Romney. One of the Republican reps said as much in a public forum. Ask President Gore to what lengths republicans will go to capture the White House.

    Posted by: andrew | Oct 3, 2012 2:36:36 AM


  4. Any law that could affect the outcome of an election, especially a federal election, should have to wait a minimum of two years until it can be enacted.

    Posted by: Garst | Oct 3, 2012 4:08:02 AM


  5. No one in Australia needs to show ID to vote and fraud isn't a problem here either...

    Posted by: Scott | Oct 3, 2012 7:54:47 AM


  6. Years ago I lost everything I owned in a fire. Birth certificate, Social Security card, etc.

    I don't know how anyone got the idea that it's easy to replace all that ID. Especially if you don't live in the same state where you were born. It was a bureaucratic nightmare. So don't tell me how easy it is to get a state issued ID.

    If I'd had to take public transportation I'd probably still be waiting.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 3, 2012 9:39:47 AM


  7. I was born in another state than the one I live in and had zero problems getting a copy of my birth certificate. Getting a legal picture ID and drivers license, passport, etc. is NO PROBLEM, either. Getting a social security card either new or replaced is NO PROBLEM, either. I don't know what people are talking about.

    You CAN NOT function in our society without proper ID. You need it for everything from getting on a plane, renting a car,renting furniture, renting a room, renting an apartment, buying a home, buying tobacco and alcohol products, opening an account at a financial institution, check cashing, etc., etc., BUT, it's OK not to request a proper, legal ID in order to vote? That's of course phuking absurd, and everybody in here knows it.

    As for it being a 'poll tax', that's one mighty stretch.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 3, 2012 10:17:43 AM


  8. Bingo, felons can vote! Unless they're incarcerated, felons' rights to votes are restored the minute they're released from jail.

    Posted by: Rebecca | Oct 5, 2012 4:36:37 PM


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